Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Orleans, Indiana
(will double post this but wanted to update this one first)
So, I measured Chili today. SEVERAL times. I thought the first couple of times I was just crazy wrong. Most of the saddles I keep looking at have gullets about 6"-7" wide. I've never seen one bigger. Guess I need to start lookin' elsewhere because she is measuring between 9"-11" wide in the gullet, depending on EXACTLY where the new saddle hits. (at the base of/almost at the base of her withers - I tried several different spots and the narrowest was 9" wide). I even tried making the wire (I used a heavier wire than a coat hanger but not much thicker) tighter on her body like snugging up the saddle but STILL it was that wide.
I tried my friend's saddle again - seeing where it fit, how it fit on Chili. Just to get an idea of what was wrong with it. It sits REALLY high in the front and lifts up in the back when you snug it up. (Why didn't I see this when my friend saddled it up for me the one and only time I've ridden in it on her?) I took it off and measured it, wondering just how far off it was... It measured "regular" 6" +/-
Then, I talked to the BO who showed me HER saddles. Guess I should've started with her and taken a closer look at her saddles. OMG they are WIDE in the gullet. I've never seen a saddle that wide!!!! I measured one - an older Billy Cook - and it was EXACTLY how I'd measured Chili !!!!! Nonetheless, I was excited to know at least I've done *something* right with My Chili Girl.
"Not evil, dear. Wicked." - Once Upon A Time.